Spanish outlet ABC Sevilla have claimed that Tottenham Hotspur have had an offer of £35.7million for Giovani Lo Celso completely laughed off by Real Betis, who want closer to the player’s release clause.
The 23-year-old is being heavily linked with a move to Tottenham and it is believed he is one of the north London club’s main priorities this summer, with Daniel Levy set to open the cheque book for the first time in 18 months.
Already a well-established Argentina international, the former Paris Saint-Germain winger has shone for Betis in the top tier of Spanish football – as well as the Europa League.
Last season, he netted 16 goals in all competitions as well as laying on six assists. Somewhat of a hot head, Lo Celso also picked up 10 yellow cards and one red card throughout the campaign.
It is believed that Spurs have lodged a £35.7million offer for Lo Celso, but Betis have deemed the bid as ‘totally insufficient’. They want something close to his release clause, which is a whopping £89.2million.
Lo Celso is certainly worth more than the figure Tottenham have offered, given his age and the fact that he has scored 16 goals from the wing.
But whether he is worth a fee close to his release clause is a completely different matter. Indeed, he has huge potential to become one of the best wingers in the world, but at almost £90million, he is expensive.
If Spurs can find a compromise between £50million and £60million, then it would be fair on both sides. But any more than the £60million mark, and Spurs should be looking elsewhere.